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How to oil the wheels of the Compact - Wednesday 16 May 2007

There was much mirth when the woman running Relate was brought in to broker the relationship between the voluntary and public sectors. But more than six months after Angela Sibson was appointed the first chief executive of the Commission for the Compact

Last week, the Learning and Skills Council, which wants to encourage more charities to commission services, appointed nine 'charity ambassadors' to improve its work with voluntary organisations. Yet the LSC has a history of Compact breaches and was described by the NCVO as having a "bullying culture" towards the voluntary sector.

So are initiatives such as this effective, and how should the challenge of encouraging the two sides to work together be tackled?

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